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Pet Peeves

The Alibi It’s been 29 years now. That was the last New Year’s Eve that I was awake for. Marriage, kids, and job made me too tired to whoop it up and bring in a new year of marriage, kids and job. Plus you look like a moron celebrating another year of marriage, kids and job. I...

Wisdom Workout

Awakening Emotional Intelligence It is a part of our human nature to fear and avoid change, emotional discomfort, visibility, vulnerability and the unknown. We want to be right, sure, safe and free from pain. We wish that we could find some way to reap all of life’s...

Taking Stock

How To Handle A Correction Stocks continue to stumble further into a “correction,” defined as a decline of more than 10%. These unnerving events occur about 20 months and take an average of 3 months to work themselves out. A “bear market” is a decline of more than 20%. There was...

Village Matters

Laguna Beach their Liverpool? I’m not much of a groupie. I haven’t followed the music scene, either locally or further afield. But that changed last year when I got the idea that the South Laguna Community Garden Park should have a rock concert to raise money to buy the garden...

The Kibitzer

I should have known better than to take my first trip to Cuba with a bunch of retired guys from Philly. It wasn’t just the east coast abrasiveness (which I myself have been accused of), their lack of mobility, or their rather narrow worldviews. It was also the cigars. Nothing to...
Posted On 08 Jan 2016

Pet Peeves

Under Our Skin If residents are mad at Haagen pricing, then I say residents are apoplectic at Oceane Skin Care sales tactics. Residents are all red faced and hot under the collar at their high-pressure salespeople. Definitely this business has gotten under our collective skin and...

Taking Stock

Keep Your Head When All About Are Losing Theirs Stocks tumbled into January with their weakest performance to begin a New Year in 15 years. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was below 3,000. It was on its way to over 13,000 in 2007 before the financial crisis, which took it below...

Persimmon Granted

How Volunteering Might Save My Holiday Cooking I love holiday cooking. More accurately, I love when someone else does this kind of cooking and serves it to me. Before I had children, I liked to think that I was something of a good cook. But in my current circle of mom-friends, do...

Since the Coyotes Came Down

Editor’s Note: This edition features submissions from a writers’ workshop led by local resident Christine Fugate. All are fiction, except as noted. Used to be when I’d get home from work, I’d take off my bra, put on my sandals and walk Scrumptious down St. Ann’s Drive to the Nita...

Taking Stock

Good Bye, 2015; You’re Flat Time is running out for the stock market to put any exciting numbers on the scoreboard. With only one trading day left, both the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial averages are at the same levels at which they began the year. This flat...

Abundance

  California 40 million strong A concrete bubble Cocooned by TV, Twitter, technology In Laguna Beach/ Carefree neighborhoods packed garages, full driveways, storage units lights, stoves, phones Green lawns, clean cars, Fiji, Evian/ Pacific’s edge Sail boats, jet skis,...

Holiday Digest

Silver Bells It was clear and visibility unlimited, the kind of day that Californians insist upon. Lucas, Gracie and I were making the most of it on a stretch of old road between I-5 and Trestles beach. The pups were in heaven. Gracie was tracking every worthy scent, her front...

Pet Peeves

We’re back from our version of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. I didn’t get a bonus or swimming pool. Relatives are the same. Did you miss us, Laguna? Oh, I’m sorry to hear real estate fell 5% on the day of our return. There’s no need to worry, home values will bounce back...

Musings on the Coast

Making Sense of 2015 I make my living as a real estate developer and have many developer friends, who in OC are overwhelmingly Republican. Let me tell you: they are worried to death. A sea change is happening in America.   You can feel it. Olds truths are melting away.   The...
Posted On 30 Dec 2015

The Final Solstice

    Freya waited in line, pulling her tattered grey cashmere poncho closer to her. The sun had almost completely set and the night brought with it the cold that she felt now more than before. The young people handing out old backpacks and purses were still smiling and...